“This is our fourth year doing the 4thFest,” said Barton. “The event gets bigger every year, but that is what we want. We started off small and have expanded the event as time has gone on.”
Major sponsors for the event include the City of Madisonville, First United Bank and Trust Co., Hopkins County Tourism and Baptist Health.
“We start on Tuesday, with ‘Praise in the Park,’” said Barton. “There will be five praise and worship bands at the Madisonville City Park starting at 6 p.m. Each band will play for half an hour. Even if you are not a fan of that kind of music, if you just go out and listen to all the local talent … it’s just amazing at what some of these churches and praise bands are doing.”
Barton said that Baptist Health will be sponsoring a movie in the park with concessions.
“On that Wednesday, there will be fun for the whole family,” said Barton. “Baptist Health is sponsoring an outdoor movie for us, which will be held at the Wellness Park. This year, the movie is the ‘Lego Movie.’ The movie will start about 8:30 p.m. So, bring your lawn chairs and blankets.”
While the city of Madisonville takes the night off, Dawson Springs will be presenting a firework show for the community.
“On Thursday night, we decided to take the night off,” said Barton. “We are letting our good neighbors Dawson Springs, with our support, do their fireworks. So, we encourage everyone to go out to Dawson Springs that night to watch the show.”
The celebration at Madisonville City Park takes place Friday, July 4.
“On Friday, we are starting at 5 p.m. at the Madisonville City Park,” said Barton. “We have all kinds of food venders, Bouncy B’s for the kids, games, a beer garden and the band Conch Republic will be performing. The fireworks will start at 9 p.m. This is probably one of the biggest events that attract more people than any event we have here in Madisonville.”
Saturday, the city will be adding a new event to the calendar.
“The fun will continue into the weekend,” said Barton. “On Saturday, our new event iRecycle Regatta, is a boat race that is made from recyclable materials. Mayor Jackson is currently working on his own private entry made of nothing but plastic water bottles.”
There will also be a free baseball game at the Elmer Kelly Stadium sponsored by the local civic clubs.
“Thanks to the Madisonville Lions Club, Madisonville Rotary Club and Madisonville Noon Kiwanis for providing the community with a free baseball game,” said Barton. “The Madisonville Miners vs the Hopkinsville Hoppers game will be held at the Elmer Kelly Stadium at the city park starting at 7 p.m.Barton encourages the community to come out and enjoy baseball, fireworks and live bands during the Madisonville 4thFest, a summer celebration for Madisonville and Hopkins County.
SurfKY News Reporter
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